The Most Dangerous Issue In The World Today? 2 on 1# 8.

I think that the most dangerous issue in the world today is the rapidly depleting fresh water resources.

We have just had a major dispute between two states of India being settled by our Supreme Court on the issue of sharing river waters. There are some other states fighting with others for similar reasons and also cases of nations fighting with each other for river water sharing.

You can imagine what the world will be fighting over next when you consider that there will be places on earth where drinking water will not simply be available. If you can’t, I strongly recommend a book that I read a few years ago called THE WATER WARS BY CAMERON STRACHER

I try and save water at every possible occasion. There are a number of ways of doing this as can be learned here as an example.

Shackman has suggested today’s topic for the weekly 2 on 1 blog fest. Please check what he has to say on the same topic.

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23 Responses to The Most Dangerous Issue In The World Today? 2 on 1# 8.

  1. kylie says:

    I have almost run out of hope for the state of the earth
    kylie recently posted..Designer?

  2. Shackman says:

    The proof that you are correct is found in the actions of Nestle – their CEO claims water should not be free and Nestle is attempting to buy up water resources everywhere. Remember that the next time you buy a bottle of water – you may soon have to insert a coin in your faucet at home – capitalism run amok. Nestle can hire the NRA as enforcers. Let the water rights wars begin anew.

  3. tammy j says:

    I hadn’t heard about the Nestle plan in a long time. I’d thought they had been squelched in some way.
    and after reading Shackman’s post today which is as interesting as this one…
    I agree with Kylie’s reply.
    we’ve learned literally nothing since we began walking upright. killing and greed seem to be our by-laws in whatever nation or age we’re in.
    as you say Rummy conserving water is everyone’s responsibility. it’s one of the things I don’t take for granted. perhaps because I live in a part of the country that is in continual drought.
    tammy j recently posted..a place for going to

    • It never fails to amaze me, like it apparently does Mike, whose comments you can see elsewhere on this post, as to why people live in places without or short of water. I have been to our deserts in Rajasthan and North West Gujarat and wonder at the sturdy lot there who have decided to live there rather than emigrate to better places.

      • Here’s an interesting article about people who don’t want to move even though they are periodically flooded,

        Left to Louisiana’s Tides, a Village Fights for Time

        “Now we just expect water and damage every five years,” his brother said. “It’s a way of life.”

        “And you know what? It still does not make us want to leave,” Tim said. “Are we economically feasible? Hell no. But this place will survive. If we end up living on rafts, there will be people living here.”

        Cheerful Monk recently posted..The Battle for Water Rights

        • Yes, exactly the same kind of response that you will get from our desert dwellers after severe drought. There are also other places where periodic flooding during our monsoons, people return to repair and revive their pre flood days. The homing instinct I guess.

    • Why do they choose to live there? You could ask the same question about people who live in Syria. Why don’t they just move? It’s not always that easy. I suppose in the case you mention, Rummuser, they would be allowed to move because it’s within India, but what would their prospects be? Presumably they would be living in a city slum where their skills wouldn’t be needed? What do you think? You would know more about this than I do.
      Cheerful Monk recently posted..The Battle for Water Rights

      • When slum dwellers are asked this question, or even non slum dwellers who live in bedsitters who come from relatively prosperous rural areas, they inevitably answer that the quality of life in comparison is better despite the cramped living spaces. There are better facilities, particularly for water, health and education in cities.

  4. You are preaching to the choir here. We were sued by the federal government and some Native American tribes once for trespassing on their water rights. I will write a short post about it.
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..Snow Down Here

  5. Bunc says:

    I agree with you Rum. With a warming world and a yet rising population this will become a major issue for some populations – more so even than at present. I made a plea once in a post for us to think of those who struggle to find water and this brought it back to mind. I doubt you would remember it.

    • Good Lord! It has been seven years plus since you wrote that and I commented on it. I am glad that you returned here and revived that memory. Thank you.

    • Looney says:

      Bunc, glad to see you back in the land of the living!

      Here is California we are responsible for setting the future trends for everything, with water use being one of the top priorities at the moment. Thus, we are being urged to report neighbors to the authorities who we observe are not properly respecting water. Not sure what happens to those who are reported.
      Looney recently posted..On Meddling

  6. We need to be doing a MUCH better job of conserving resources, including (and especially) water. Seems like there have to be better ways of collecting and storing both rainwater and gray water.
    Secret Agent Woman recently posted..Way-overdue post of kitchen remodel.

  7. Mike says:

    I can certainly understand the need to conserve water resources, having lived in extremely dry climates in our distant past.

    Water is certainly not an issue here, though, especially now. We’ve received almost a quarter of our annual average precipitation in just the last 8 days. (In fact, my phone just now alarmed with a flash flood warning alert — but we live on a ridge, so no worries.) Even during the worst drought since we’ve been here, the only restriction we had on water usage was a ban on outside watering of plants.

    What amazes me is that so many people want to live in places that are naturally so very, very dry.
    Mike recently posted..Twisted, gnarled, knotted, knobby wood

  8. Wisewebwoman says:

    I have friends in South Africa and Capetown is in dire straits with lack of water. yes there will be wars over water and capitalism has run amok.

    Wisewebwoman recently posted..Things don’t dust themselves, who knew?

    • Our cricket team has just concluded a tour to South Africa and the mass media was full of the water problem in Cape Town. If anything, it has gotten worse after the team moved out of Cape Town.

  9. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    Re-learning how to use water is important. However, investing in other ways to get water is also vital and countries need to start being creative and reach out to States that have the technology to do just that.

    On a different level though: G-d said He would never send a flood again, to terminate the Human Race (due to its wickedness). Before the present levels of human wickedness, we are witnessing today, I wonder if the contrary to flood is not a Divine Design to terminate the wicked. Food for thought.

    Max Coutinho recently posted..The Looming Threat in Mali and Burkina Faso: Ansar Dine, Ansaroul Islam, JNIM and AQIM

    • We already have desalination plants operating in some parts of our very long coast and eventually, volumes should bring costs down like solar power has now done. Indeed your observation is food for thought. Perhaps another blog post in the future!

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